Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
I also kicked Goliath's ass, and beat down the Michalites and the Jebusites too. (You might think I'm kidding, not Jesus, but Jebus was a good guy too. Very Jewish though, and I conquered them!)
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
The article above fortunately mentions that some of his biggest campaign contributors are Honeywell International and Accenture. Honeywell is an RFID manufacturer (RFID is part of the GPS program) and Accenture is a leader in video tolling technology.
Blumenauer has his own political action committee as well, the Committee for a Livable Future, and Honeywell just happens to be the second largest contributor to them as well. He's best known for being very pro-streetcar (including bringing jobs to a Portland-area businesses under the "Buy American" guise) and pro-bicycle, but I don't think it's a coincidence that he's pushing for something that is so anti-civil liberties that will just happen to benefit major campaign contributors.
Slashdot has a great discussion about the topic as well. I understand his concern about potentially dwindling tax revenues from having more fuel-efficient cars, but pushing for a tracking system does not seem like something that I could see people supporting.
There are also numerous potential technical problems with the proposal, but there are also a number of Pacific Northwest businesses (hint: Garmin acquired Morrow, an avionics-related company started in Salem, and Garmin employs people in Newport, Salem and Portland) that would likely see a large windfall from this coming through. I have to wonder if his motives are in any way legitimate, or just based on making money for contributors to keep him in office.
Monday, September 14, 2009
The Station Fire might be impressive, but that impressed me almost more. Something like palm trees and radio towers et al. Only, you know, not in German.
Once again, the hills of Los Angeles are burning.
Mr. Beck may be innocent, but that can't be proven definitively yet. He is still refusing to discuss the matter, without his lawyers suing for trademark infringement, but he sure likes to make others look guilty. Fark, in all its glory, seems to be the root cause of this unproven meme.
Obviously people accusing him of raping a murdering a girl in 1990 are satirizing him in the same way that he attacks others, but it's still absurd he hasn't just dismissed these accusations yet. It does seem like the same smear campaign he's engaged against others. And of course, he's fighting it.
Of course, rape and murder aren't funny, but Glenn Beck's career seems to be getting raped and murdered anyway. His number of advertisers is going down like a pederast in a boy's school.
He may burn for this. Especially if he's unable to just discuss it like a rational adult, which may be beyond his abilities. I almost have sorrow for him.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Hopefully the Bills and the Chargers make it entertaining tomorrow. If only I had ESPN so I could watch it.
And I really hope you all caught the end of the Denver game. That was an amazing catch.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
So Glenn Beck is disputing the claims that he's a rapist and murderer. It's about time he addressed these baseless concerns (that have shown up on Fark and other sites), but the ways he's doing it using various trademark laws may still leave concerns in the minds of some who haven't heard the whole story yet.
It really isn't a believable story, but the fact he hasn't discussed it in the slightest, other than leaving a layer of lawsuits is disconcerting. Even sites of a questionable nature are covering it. He obviously (in the minds of some) manipulates the truth and might make his viewers think that things that aren't the truth are, but that doesn't make him as evil as the person some claim he is.
The claims of his evilness come from the lack of his dismissing this all as just a large load of BS, which it seems to be, but it would be nice if he would attack the accusations instead of the accusers in long form, much like he's asking Obama to do.
Obviously Mr. Beck is probably an upstanding citizen, but it is unfortunate that he (as of yet) has not disputed these claims without using his legal teams to attack a blog rather than just simply stating how false these accusations are.
Friday, September 4, 2009
Also for the first time in a while, I had a few eggs in the fridge. I don't normally eat scrambled eggs, and haven't made them in years, but I have some time to kill tonight so I did what any geek would do. I went to YouTube to try to find a 'better' way of making them. I found a method by Gordon Ramsey, so I decided to run with that. They were awesome (though I left out a few ingredients I didn't have, and substituted in garlic salt.)
Added in a bunch of hot salsa, cheddar cheese, beans, and mashed potatoes. Nothing fancy, and common leftovers around me. I was pleasantly shocked how tasty the combo ended up being.
So now you know, next time you have leftover beans and mashed potatoes, there's a nice burrito that can be made.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
There's definitely a need for these services for many areas, but it sounds like there's a bit of waste involved as well.
Also in the article is a mention of another $4 billion of federal funding for high speed rail, in addition to the $8 billion set aside in the stimulus package. Hopefully Washington and Oregon can get enough of that to significantly speed up the Cascades route. I know Washington's mostly ready to go, but Oregon probably has dragged our feet too long to get much.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
One of the best moments of the piece is when he speculates, "Does he think 0.01 percent of Americans will ever regularly bike to work?" According to a 2007 article it's about .4 percent already.
He may want to take a look at the Pearl District. It's an upscale, urban neighborhood built around a streetcar. It nothing but warehouses and rail lines just 15 years ago, and not the type of neighborhood you'd want to be in unless you were looking for drugs or whores.
The Pearl District Now
As for his claims about how everyone needs a car, well, I don't. If I really do need one Enterprise will pick me up, or I can use ZipCar which has several sites near my neighborhood.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Edited to add props to the Finnish fire dancers and musicians. I've never seen Scandinavian rap before, and it's just crazy...
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Thursday, April 30, 2009
At my last job I ran into a Dan Hogan who works for Galaxy Hotel Systems. I never actually met or talked to him, but with dhogan as an email address people thought I knew him well.
I do find this fascinating.
I also don't know the Dave Hogan who raises the dead, I'm not a 44 year old photographer (yet), I'm not CIO of the Nation Retail Federation, I'm not Dave Hogan Music, I'm not an airport guy (in that way), etc.
I'm just Dave Hogan.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
All pictures taken by me, 2009.
Fortunately, Portland came to it's senses before it was built, and instead routed the route along NW Yeon/US-30 instead of NW St Helens via NW Thurman/Vaughn as had been planned. The 1966 Comprehensive Plan shows it extending along this path, for example. This link has more information about Portland's planning past.
The Interstate Mileage was returned to the national system, and US-30 got a reasonable path that doesn't destroy any neighborhoods and still serves regional needs. The US-30 approach ramps to I-405/the Fremont Bridge are the most obvious legacy portions of the roadway other than the ramp stubs on the way to NW Vaughn/Yeon.
Good thing Portland thought things out, or else we'd probably not have this city we have now. I'll take a streetcar over a freeway through what's now my apartment any day.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
I love a good product warning, but the ones on this page on Amazon for a trebuchet kit are some of the best ever.
* Lay Siege To The Doghouse! Right after you build your own working medieval trebuchet.
* All you'll need is glue, scissors, a steady hand, and a small bag of marbles or rocks as a counterweight to construct this wooden, Canadian-made siege engine kit.
* The finished trebuchet will be 26" long x 18" wide x 24" tall and will propel stuff (meatballs?) 20 feet or more, depending upon the stuff. Includes detailed instructions.
* Note: Please don't propel small mammals, and please don't put anyone's eye out.
It's about time someone worries about the small mammals. I bet this thing couldn't even launch a groundhog five feet.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Now, I hope to hope for the Blazers. They're trying hard, and may not be my team yet, but I want to like them.
Nope, I don't know basketball, but at least I'm not qualified to play for them.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
The president's plan identified 10 potential high-speed intercity corridors for federal funding, including California, the Pacific Northwest, the Midwest, the Southeast, the Gulf Coast, Pennsylvania, Florida, New York and New England.
Here's the plan:
Go Pac NW (aka NW Corridor), Go!
Oh, and the California route makes a lot of sense. And the NE one. And the SE one. Well, all of them...
Monday, March 30, 2009
I'm wondering why Google Earth hasn't found sources like this to use? They also have a 1920's version of the region. I haven't seen anything that old on Google Earth yet.
Sets also exist for Detroit and other areas. It would be nice to see Google update to include more sources.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Another that I just noticed is Mt St Helens, north of Vancouver, WA. If you watch the northwest face of the mountain over the time span they allow (8/94 to 3/09) you can see the trees re-growing.
I never would have checked for that if not for the Swiss/Italian border issues coming up, but it inspired me to look in my own backyard.
There are other areas that are fun to watch too. Malls, for example just keep growing. South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa CA, Walden Galleria in Cheektowaga NY or the Galleria in Houston TX.
All have seen profound growth nearby, and the growth of they and the areas around them can be easily seen in Google Earth. For anyone who is a fan of Edge City it's an interesting thing to see.
Monday, March 23, 2009
We have a great new issue about to come out, and I hope that you'll find it interesting. We love feedback!
Thursday, March 19, 2009
So, I had to add service to get Comcast to let me drop services outside 9-5. Yes, I have a phat pipe, but why should I have to lie to talk to someone and reduce my monthly bill from them?
It saves me $40/mo, and I still have a nice good internet connection but I'll have check out my local phone Co's. It's Verizon or Qwest, and I'm not a fan of either, but I don't like needing to redial my phone co and to lie to make things work out with a happy customer.
Now I'm being connected to a rep to add service. Same options, but let's see if someone can help me save some money.
Of course, I'm put on hold immediately so I can buy something. Great work Comcast. Next, I'll ask what they can do to cut my bill down. Let's see if they can remove cable TV and cable phone for me.
(It's 2012 and I still am not paying for regular service. I just can't justify the costs.)
Monday, March 16, 2009
I lived in San Diego when I read them most, but since moving to Portland I've read them a bit as well. It's unfortunate that the press (as the first amendment calls them) is failing, but they have to walk into the new millenia. It seems that some sites are doing so, and some are not.
I hope the Cascadia Times can achieve such greatness, or at least survival on the web.
So what am I doing? Well, the Cascadia Times is a new project I'm working with. Progress might be a little slow at first, but we have some great content and have some new things coming. If you like the Arctic, Inuits, and polar bears there's some great stuff coming!
I'm available for other contracts and have an extensive IT background to fall back on. Feel free to contact me and we can talk, but I like the idea of working with a non-profit for now.
I haven't been the best mammal for the environment, and I'd like to make amends there too. Going car-free and working for a 501(c)(3) sounds like something I can do for now.